Thursday, September 16, 2010

Team Jacob? Team Daniel?

Occasionally we find ourselves in odd situations. Sometimes we find ourselves in embarrassing situations. Rarely we find ourselves in the type of situation I’m about to explain. Luckily even a situation as rare as this can almost always be solved with DNA.

Daniel and his brother Jacob have always been very close. They grew up in a small home, shared a room, shared toys and even shared a birthday. Recently, Daniel found out that they also shared something else: 

Daniel’s wife – Mary. During a recent argument Mary ‘came clean’ and finally told Daniel that Emily may not be his child. Emily might be Jacob’s child. Daniel is seeking a paternity test for his three-year-old daughter Emily.

Such a paternity test involves testing the alleged father for paternity and for the possibility that he might be the child’s uncle. The ability of the testing company to explain those results is crucial.  Results will indicate: 
1.     The likelihood of paternity
2.     The likelihood that the man tested is the uncle of the child (also called avuncular testing)
The two likelihoods will be compared and the results will say which scenario is more probable. Let’s hope for Emily, Mary and Daniel’s sake that the results indicate Daniel is father. Either way the trio has a lot to talk about at the dinner table this Thanksgiving.  

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